All Things Gardening forum: My Sad looking Umbrella Plant

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Feb 27, 2015 2:39 AM CST
I brought this plant 2 weeks ago at HD. They were having a sale and I brought her, a rubber plant and three ZZ plants. All of the other plants are doing well, except for the umbrella.

I repotted the plant in a mixture of C&S soil, orchid mix and some gritty mix I had left. hoa da pha le dep I watered her very well in the kitchen sink. Now I am nervous because she seems "droopy". I do not want to give her any more water because I checked the little stick in her soil and it is really wet.

Is this the way an umbrella plant is suppose to look? This is my first umbrella plant and I do not want to loose her.

Thank you in advance for any guidance!!!

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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Feb 27, 2015 7:48 AM CST
Welcome! 6064. The plant may simply be going through the stress of re-potting. It can take days and sometimes weeks before those roots can once again take in water and nutrients, thus the wilted leaves. IF the soil is wet you certainly gain nothing by watering. Keep the plant in good, indirect light and be sure it is kept warm. Let the top 2" of potting mix dry before re-watering and if you have a saucer under the pot, empty that saucer after each watering. These plants are easy to grow.

Good luck. By the way, please post where you live.
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Feb 27, 2015 7:50 AM CST
Welcome! dinhduong6064
It sounds like the soil mix is well-drained and you haven't owned it long enough to over water it
Perhaps the plant is stressed because of the move to conditions which are different than where it previously lived. Or perhaps the humidity levels are too low in your home. Can you set the plant on a tray of pebbles and water to create a humid mini-zone for the plant?
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Feb 27, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

Was it really cold outside when you took this home? Is there any direct light in that corner? Being on the floor is the coldest spot to put plants. It would probably appreciate being on anything to get it up off of the cold floor (an assumption at this time of year, with no indication of your location.)
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Feb 27, 2015 10:45 AM CST
Hi there @dinhduong6064 Welcome!

I am not sure the media you used is right for it. I normally would use for tropicals regular potting soil and I mix in pumice for aeration and drainage. The roots of this plant likes a bit more moisture than succulents. But later on as it gets more matured and settled it will be drought tolerant.

It is also adjusting from the move and repot, so it will take some time. As long as the leaves are not dropping and going brown, then you should be good.

Also, what light orientation is your plant getting right now from that corner?

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Feb 27, 2015 3:07 PM CST
It looks like a Schefflera, and if so, might need more potting soil than orchid, C&S mix, and grit. It looks like the pot is on a table, so it isn't on the floor, but it may need more light. If it begins to drop leaves, you may try to re-pot it in potting soil.

Apr 15, 2018 7:19 PM CST
I cant seem to upload the image I took of my Schefflera but my question is that the stems of many of the leaves have been growing down. Im not sure what this means. I took this plant from my mother's home over two years ago. It had been in a spot with no direct light and I have put it in a spot with a great deal of direct light. But it is so tall that I have no other place to move it to. Is this the problem? Much of the new growth seems to look fine.
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Apr 16, 2018 12:56 PM CST
I'm not sure what you mean by the leaves growing down. Older leaves sometimes get pulled down by gravity as they age. (Don't we all!!) The older leaves may also be reacting to the change in light because they are not acclimated to direct sun, whereas the new leaves coming in are.

If your plant is too tall it is likely because it was never pruned. The tall stems can be pruned back to just about any height that you prefer and new growth will emerge on the pruned stem starting just below the pruning cut.
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